VA Wedding Photographer | Meredith and Aaron

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There is an old saying: laughter is the best medicine. And I really believe it’s true! I’m not sure they teach it in medical school, but the practice of laughing long and hard is something that Meredith and Aaron, both navy doctors, definitely subscribe to! These two bring so much joy to one another. We spent a wonderful afternoon together recently for their engagement session, and I left feeling lighter and brighter for having spent time in their company!
Meredith and Aaron were first introduced by their mutual friend Riley. They hit it off immediately, but at the time lived in different states. Months later, and deeply into her medical rotation at Walter Reed, Meredith received a text from Aaron out of the blue. It was a joke that made her laughter out loud…and she says she hasn’t stopped laughing since! After some long-distance dating, the two finally found themselves in the same town. And right before Meredith’s deployment in October 2016, Aaron insisted that they take a walk down to their favorite local spot, a dock on Bogue Sound. Once there, Aaron dropped to a knee and asked Meredith to be his wife. She was so surprised she nearly fell off the dock! Luckily she managed to stay dry and say ‘Yes!’ But the surprises weren’t done…both Meredith’s and Aaron’s parents suddenly rushed onto the dock from hiding places in the bushes…and their friend Riley emerged from the water with a GoPro camera! He’d caught the whole thing on video! What a plan Aaron hatched and carried off to perfection. Amazing!
Their engagement session took place at First Landing State Park in Virginia. This is a special spot for these two, they love to run there on the weekends. We shared a lovely conversation about being in the military. My husband is in the military, so it’s always an honor to work with a couple with whom I share this connection. I’m very much looking forward to their May wedding at the Inn at Warner Hall!

I hope you enjoy these photos from the beautiful afternoon we spent together at the beach with the most perfect lighting !

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Duke Gardens Weddings | Allison and Paul

In the spring of this year, I had the great pleasure of working with Allison and Paul on their engagement session at Duke Gardens in Durham. Their incredibly strong connection lifted my heart in a big way on that particular day! Over the following months, I worked closely with Allison’s mom Leslie to prepare for the wedding. Throughout this whole prep period, I felt so lucky and grateful to be a part of Allison and Paul’s celebration. Watching a loving family come together to make a day so special for everyone was a true gift! And when the wedding finally arrived, the joy and love around this vibrant couple was absolutely palpable!
Allison and Paul were married at the same location where we did their engagement session: the beautiful Duke Gardens. The Gardens are bursting with life, and clearly tended with love, so they made the perfect venue for Allison and Paul. Their ceremony was one of the most emotional I have ever had the privilege to attend (I love emotional weddings so much!). Paul’s father played the piano as his best man sang, his siblings also sang during the ceremony, so moving! Right before Allison walked down the aisle, I saw Paul press his eyes hard holding his mother’s hand, and I could see such deep emotion on his face; he knew that the love of his life was about to become his wife. A truly beautiful moment to witness!
And the bride…ahhh the bride! Allison radiated joy and grace in the perfect dress with an exquisite lace all-over. The delicate details of her headpiece and her romantic hairstyle were so lovely. And then, to everyone’s delight, this elegant bride absolutely rocked the dance floor! When a wedding runs the gamut from deep emotion to complete joy and wild celebration, it’s simply the best!
At one point, Allison’s father took me aside and told me that he was blown away by my work. This meant the world to me. I feel so very lucky to do what I love, and to share these moments with people as kind as Allison, Paul and their families. I hope you enjoy these photos from their day as much as I enjoyed taking them. A huge thanks to Grace Leisure Events, what a joy to work with you! Their day was flawless, thank you for everything!

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Thanks Katie Dickson for shooting their wedding with me, you are amazing!

Design and Planning: Grace Leisure Events / Venue: Duke Gardens / Videographer: Jon Clark Wedding  / Florist: Tre Bella / Stationary: Paperless Post / Cake Artist: Details Cake Design and Scratch Made Bakery / Catering: Sage and Swift / Harpist- Leigh Stringfellow / Reception music: Randy from Bunn DJ Company / Hair and Make-up: Wink / Wedding Dress and veil: from Tre Bella / Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids dress: Donna Morgan / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Bernard’s Formal Wear / Rentals & Linens: American Party Rentals / Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

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  • AllisonOctober 31, 2017 - 12:50 am

    I love love love these!  You do such amazing and important work. I love how you are able to capture everyone’s emotion through your camera. Fantastic! ReplyCancel

    • CarolineOctober 31, 2017 - 3:16 pm


      I’m so happy that you loved the the sneak peek! YAY!
      I can’t wait for you to see all your photos. I loved so much capturing your day!ReplyCancel

Angus Barn Weddings | Caroline and Joe

I think that a major key to having the wedding of your dreams is being able to go with the flow. So much planning goes into this special day, it’s hard not to get bogged down in the details! But when a couple can put all the worry aside and just enjoy one another and their loved ones, the day is sure to be incredible. Caroline and Joe’s wedding was just such a day! From beginning to end, it was a joy and a privilege to be their wedding photographer!
During their emotional rehearsal dinner, I quickly realized how special their wedding would be! Joe and Caroline – and their families – were so full of happiness, and it showed in every single interaction with their guests. So many happy tears! There wasn’t a dry eye during Joe’s toast, especially when he spoke about how much he loves his mom and step-mother. It was so lovely! And when it came to the wedding itself, it was just the best time! The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s School Chapel (Caroline’s alma mater!) and their reception was at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. Caroline was absolutely stunning, truly a vision in her elegant dress and long cathedral veil. Definitely my kind of bride! During the group portraits, someone accidentally stepped on her hem, but Caroline just broke into a huge smile and said “It’s okay, no big deal!” I love that! Both she and Joe were so relaxed, yet so ecstatic to be getting married amidst their nearest and dearest. During the reception, Caroline’s parents, bridesmaids and uncle put on a special performance, wearing some hilarious get-ups. It was so much fun!
I must mention two things that I especially loved. Caroline and Joe named their rehearsal dinner signature cocktail “The Stevie”, after their Goldendoodle! Anyone who’s read my blog knows how much I love dogs, and how it warms my heart when a couple finds a way to include their pet in their wedding. Finally (and this is a moment that will always stay with me) at the very end of the day Caroline and Joe were getting into their car. I saw the bride lean in close to her father and say, “Thank you dad, it was everything I could dream of.” So, so very sweet.

I hope you enjoy these photos of a truly wonderful day, and a truly wonderful couple! Thanks Kathy Swope with Sally Oakley Events, I really loved working with you! Their day went without a hitch.

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Thanks Vanessa L for shooting their wedding with me and for being so wonderful!

Planning: Kathy Swope – Sally Oakley Events / Videographer: Jon Warlick Media / Florist: Dogwood Tree Floral Designs / Stationary: Arzberger / Cake Artist: Details Cake Design / Ceremony venue: St Mary’s School Chapel / Reception venue and Catering: Angus Barn / Ceremony music: Kevin Kerstetter organist, Christine Haarvig violinst / Reception music: JAVA Band / Make-up and hair: WINK Hair + Makeup / Wedding Dress and veil: Sareh Nouri / Shoes: L.K. Bennett / Bridesmaids dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Granger Owings

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The Carolina Inn Weddings | Hollis and Rolando

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Almost exactly a year ago, I found myself working with two incredibly kind and loving people. Hollis and Rolando’s engagement session took place on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, with beautiful light and so many sweet moments that I will never forget. It was a joy to be in their company, because the love they have for one another seems to spill over and touch everyone around them…I was lucky enough to witness again last week when they tied the knot!
Hollis and Rolando became husband and wife surrounded by the people they love most. After nine years together, their guests weren’t separated by the typical ‘his side, her side’ line. It was simply one big group of excited friends who love these two equally. What a beautiful thing to see! When a couple shares such a loving community, you can feel the deep goodwill and happiness throughout the whole day! The historic Carolina Inn in downtown Chapel Hill is such a classic and elegant venue, and it’s always a pleasure to find myself there. Because Hollis and Rolando’s relationship really began to blossom at UNC, the nearby Carolina Inn felt like the perfect location to honor their history on the campus. And once again it was wonderful to work with Kelley Ann from A Southern Soiree! If you’ve read this blog, you’ve probably seen my mentions of Kelley Ann and her talent and professionalism in the past. She’s very, very good at what she does!
One of the things that stuck with me from the first time I met Hollis and Rolando was the fact that they are clearly one another’s best friend. When I was learning about them as a couple before our engagement session, they had recently discovered that they love canoeing together. It was a small detail, but it made me understand something about them: Hollis and Rolando will keep finding more to love about the adventure of life as they go through it together, as husband and wife. And what better foundation for a beautiful marriage than that? I wish these two amazing people the best, and hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their day!

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The lace on Hollis gown was exquisite!

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Thanks Kelsey Nelson for photographing this wedding with me and for being wonderful!

Vendors:Planning: Kelley Ann Ward with A Southern Soiree / Florist: Teacup Floral / Stationary: Cute Buttons / Cake Artist: Simply Cakes / Venue, Catering: Carolina Inn / Ceremony music: Arioso Strings / Reception music: Bunn DJ Company (Randy Bennett)  / Hair and Make-up: Joanne Maye / Wedding Dress: Dress: Kenneth Winston from NY Bride and Groom of Raleigh / Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bridesmaids dress: Bill Levkoff / Groom’s attire: Vince Camuto / Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux / Photo Booth: Raleigh Photo Booth Fun

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Chevy Chase Club Wedding | Stephanie and Tim

Chevy Chase Club Wedding I’m so excited to get to write about a wedding that I’ve been waiting for since the spring! In April, I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Tim on their engagement session, and I’ve been looking forward to being around their chemistry and charisma ever since! These two are high school sweethearts who stayed close over the years, and rekindled their romance in 2014. They absolutely radiate positivity and happiness, making each other laugh and smile constantly. So I knew their wedding would be a wonderful event — and it was!
The ceremony and reception both took place at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, a truly beautiful and historic venue. With is rolling lawns and stunning classic architecture, the Chevy Chase felt like the perfect place for Stephanie and Tim’s celebration — and what an elegant backdrop it made for their photos! The weather was so gorgeous (surprisingly warm for late September) and the day went off without a hitch. Stephanie and Tim had mentioned beforehand that getting to enjoy their guests was really important to them, so it was especially helpful that they were ahead of schedule. We accomplished most of the group photos before the ceremony! Afterwards, the newlyweds were able to be with their guests for the full cocktail hour. Yay!!!
Besides being ahead of schedule, I know that the loving, happy tone of the day was truly set by the bride and groom themselves. As I watched Stephanie and Tim together, I could see the type of bond that only years together can form. Theirs is a deep love between two souls, lifted and supported by the strong connection between their families and their kindhearted friends. Stephanie is clearly the world to Tim…and Tim is the world to Stephanie. The joy of the celebration just kept on going, and I was even able to photograph some of Tim’s famous dance moves amidst their 200 very excited guests! What a day this was! I wish them all the happiness in the world, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of their wedding!

Oh, and be sure to check out Stephanie’s delightful blog The Chaotic Kitchenette!

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Thanks Susan Seidel for capturing their wedding with me and for being so wonderful to work with!
Venue: Chevy Chase Club  / Florist: Philippa Tarrant  / Stationary: Write for You  / Catering, Cake Artist: Chevy Chase Club / Ceremony and Reception music: Free Spirit Band  / Hair and Make-up: Bridal Beauty Associates / Wedding Dress: Watters / Shoes: De Mer – BHLDN / Bridesmaids dress : Joanna August / Groom’s attire: Enzo Custom / Groomsmen: The Black Tux  / Videographer: Bowen Films

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